Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Primary Subject Area
Religion, Biblical Studies; Religion, Clergy
EXPOSITORY PREACHING, RHETORIC, SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC, SOCIO-RHETORICAL
Over the past twenty years, the field of Biblical studies has witnessed a marked increase in the interest devoted to the subject of socio-rhetorical analysis. Much of the work done one this subject reveals that it has great potential for shedding new light on the Biblical text. However, in order for this type of analysis to reach its maximum value for the church it must be integrated with the field of homiletics. Surprisingly, a review of the literature reveals that little attention has been given to showing how this type of analysis can be incorporated into the ministry expository preaching. The purpose of this project, therefore, is to propose a model for integrating socio-rhetorical analysis into the process of preparing expository sermons and demonstrating its effectiveness through a series of messages preached through the Pauline Prison Epistles at the First Baptist Church, Metropolis, IL.